Albuquerque or Santa Fe?

Old Apr 14th, 2005, 02:50 PM
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Albuquerque or Santa Fe?

We are 2 single women in our mid 30's traveling to New Mexico in early June. Which is better for spending 4 days as far as nightlife and things to do during the day go? Albuquerque or Santa Fe?
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Old Apr 14th, 2005, 03:08 PM
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You'll probably enjoy Santa Fe more. What do you like to do?
 
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Sant Fe!!
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I second the suggestion... Santa Fe! IMO, Albuquerque is a bit of a bore (no offense to those who live there). I found it unattractive and too sleepy. Santa Fe is pretty with lots of great restaurants, museums/galleries, sites, and some decent night life.
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Author: srianda
Date: 04/11/2005, 02:37 pm
We are 2 single women in our mid 30's traveling to NM for about 4 days in June. Which city is better to stay in as far as fun things to do and nightlife?



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Date: 04/11/2005, 02:53 pm
Absolutely Santa Fe. Read all about it on this forum under "Santa Fe".



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Date: 04/11/2005, 02:58 pm
Absolutely Santa Fe. My cousin and I are single gals and we love it there.



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Old Apr 14th, 2005, 04:02 PM
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I would stay in Santa Fe. We have friends who live in Albuquerque, and when we visit, they always take us to Santa Fe because there's not much to do in Ablq.
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Thanks to all of you for your responses! We enjoy taking in the local culture during the day and bar hopping at night. We always like to walk wherever we can, also. Is it a fairly safe city? Can anyone recommend a good place to stay that is safe and centrally located to bars and restaurants as well as local attractions?
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 09:07 AM
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I like LaFonda in Santa Fe for a central lodging location.

I don't think Santa Fe is known for its nightlife scene, but there should be plenty of places and variety to keep you busy for several days/nights. You could defintely walk to all of them with no problem and it should be very safe. The whole plaza area and vicinity are well patrolled.
 
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What's your budget for hotel rooms?
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please do a search as most of what you ask has been answered numerous times in the past.
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 12:58 PM
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Of course we always like to stay at nice hotels with small price tags! Doesn't everyone?
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 01:51 PM
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srianda, Sure, we all like to maximize our luxury for the least dollar! And while I realize your flipness ismeant as humor, it probably won't garner you too many helpful replies.

For some $250 a night is slumming it and for others it's a grand occasion.

So which are you?
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And so as not to appear utterly unhelpful, the hotels closer to the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe are the more upscare and pricey. Rooms can run you anywhere from $150 to $500 a night. Farther away from Plaza and downtown on Cerillos Road, a commercial strip, is a gamut of chain hotels running from $75 to $200 a night.

All of the above will be much pricier if you're chosing to visit during one of the "event" weeks such as the Indian Market.
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I'm just puzzled over the choice of these two for "nightlife". I've gone to each in my 20's, 30's and now my 40's and "nightlife" doesn't really match up with either location - in my experience anyway.

Perhaps you should give a clearer picture of what you are looking for as far as $ hotel expectations and your "nightlife" expectations.
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I just read more of your earlier posts. If you are interested in "bar hopping" I suppose you could among the restaurants and hotel bars around the Plaza. If you stay out on the strip, you'd probably need to cab it from bar to bar.

Again, not sure these two locations meet your descriptions/expectations.

If you are looking for a desert venue, then perhaps Vegas?
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Been to Vegas. We are trying to go to every state and haven't been to NM. We like hotels around the $100 mark. We are not coming FOR the nightlife, as I am learning there is little to none. But there must be some places that people gather for drinks. That's all we're looking for. Better than sitting in our room watching TV in the evenings, which is what we did in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Although we didn't even HAVE a TV in some of the places we stayed!
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 04:46 PM
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For $100 near the Plaza, try Garrett's, but be warned, it's basic 50's motel. For a bit more, try St. Francis or Inn of the Governors. Others can give you places not on the Plaza. It's nice, though, not to have to worry about finding parking. Can't really help you much on nightlife, as others say, it's not really a night life town. But, there's a biker/yuppie bar right off the Plaza, can't think of the name of it, and there's a place, I think it's called Vanessies, that's a piano bar. Oh, and there's a place with singers, I think it's the other side of Casa Sena. During the day, you'll enjoy shopping, the museums, dining, and hiking in the country. My favorite restaurants are El Shed, Geronimo, and Santacafe. You might also look at some of the b&bs. Or the Ft. Marcy Compound, if you'd like a condo with a kitchen.
 
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For $100 a night you'll certainly find something in Chain Land on Cerillos Rd. Any hotel with a bar in SF will have people gathering for drinks.

You sound like a perfect candidate for one of the New Mex casinos.

Assuming you're flying into Albuquerque, why bother driving all the way to Santa Fe to find a local watering holel? If your goal is to visit every state and drink there, have a margarita at the Albq airport and then move on to another state with a more nightlife.

No TV? Really? Is that possible?
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Vanessies is a fun place for drinks and entertainment and has a more upscale atmosphere. Cowgirl Hall of Fame is a completely different type of restaurant/bar with live music. The Ore House on the Plaza has a great balcony for drinks and people watching from above the plaza. The cantina at Coyote Cafe is fun. There are plenty of nice places for drinks and sometimes entertainment where everyone always has a good time. My husband and I are in our 50's and have been to Santa Fe several times. We always enjoy the atmosphere of the city and all of the places in it. We enjoy going to various restaurant and hotel bars for drinks and have met some nice people. It is different from any other city I have ever been too in terms of most of the bars and restaurants being centered in the area around and on the plaza. It makes it seem like a party every evening to me because things are so centrally located.
We have always stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott on Cerillos Rd. because it is expensive when you stay near or on the plaza but I would love to stay there sometime, hope to this summer in fact when we go back again.
You will enjoy the ambiance of Santa Fe. Great shopping and art galleries too.
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Old Apr 15th, 2005, 08:02 PM
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There was a place called Swig (?) in the Plaza vicinity that was popular summer before last. Angelo's on San Franciso has a good live music scene in the evenings. As Annie Lad said, the Ore House has live music and a great patio. Get a copy of the free tabloid, Santa Fe Reporter, for a list of the best nightlife and other cool stuff Santa Fe has to offer. You won't be bored, I promise.
 

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